Activision Blizzard moving franchises to Film and Television


It always bugged me that Skylanders, Activision’s toy-driven game based on the beloved Spyro franchise, did not have it’s own Television series. It seemed like a given considering how well the series has sold, and it would be a driving point for more figurines.

Well it seems like Activision may be on the same train of thought as at Blizzcon they announced a new film and television studio based around their intellectual properties including Call of Duty, Diablo, Starcraft and Skylanders.

The studio will be helmed by co-president Nick van Dyk, who previously worked at Disney as a Senior Executive, where he “helped drive Disney’s focus on franchise intellectual property and played a significant role in the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.”

Of the first content produced by the new Activision Blizzard Studios will be “Skylanders Academy”, an animated series helmed by showrunner Eric Rogers (“Futurama”), and will feature the voice work of Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathon Banks as Eruptor, and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks.

“Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, across any medium. With the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television,” said Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Executive Officer. “Activision Blizzard Studios is yet another way we’re celebrating our players and fans, and we expect that our film and television productions will entertain and delight whole new audiences, as well. I’m excited that Nick and his team will be leading this important new growth opportunity for Activision Blizzard.”

After Skylanders, the studio will also take on the Call of Duty “Cinematic Universe”, which the studio plans to have a series of Call of Duty feature films with the possibility of television adaptations, in similar to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

One of Activision Blizzard’s franchise, Warcraft, is already in the works with Legendary Pictures and Universal, which the first trailer released Friday.